Central Michigan Downs K-State, 2-0






Hall: 1 SOG
Gallo: 1 SH
Chassot: X SVs

Maher: 1 G
Pelafas: 1 G
Knutson: X SVs

K-State 0 0 0
Central Michigan

MOUNT PLEASANT, Michigan – Kansas State soccer closed out its first month of action on Sunday afternoon at Central Michigan. The Chippewas, selected as the preseason favorites by the Mid-American Conference coaches, held off the Wildcats with a 2-0 win.

“We are continuing to play better and learn more even though the result didn't show it,” said head coach Mike Dibbini about Sunday’s result. “They were organized and looked to counter. We had to play through and around them more and problem solve. Last game we had space to attack behind them. This game we had no space and had to score by building up through them.”

The Chippewas (4-0-0) tallied the first goal of the match in the 20th minute. K-State’s Tania Chassot made a diving save on a 25-yard attempt by Central Michigan, however, the ball trickled just across the end line. Central Michigan’s resulting corner kick deflected off a Chippewa head and found the foot of Samantha Maher, who converted a loose ball inside K-State’s six-yard box.

K-State (1-2-1) registered its first shot on goal in the 47th minute of the second half. Freshman Laramie Hall intercepted a Central Michigan pass near midfield and raced to the Chippewa net. After fending off a pair of defenders, Hall sent a rocket from 12 yards and Central Michigan’s Kristen Knutson was forced to make a quick reaction save over the crossbar.

Central Michigan was provided an opportunity to increase its lead in the 64th minute. A K-State foul from roughly 25 yards out resulted in a direct kick by the Chippewas but was easily saved by Chassot. Chassot finished the afternoon with 4 saves.

The Wildcats had a pair of opportunities from range midway through the second half. Junior Abby Sieperda sent a line drive toward the Chippewas’ net from 30 yards out that just missed the crossbar. Sophomore Morgan Mauck lofted a shot from roughly 20 yards out that nearly found a home at the upper left of the Central Michigan net.

A deflection and a lead pass by Central Michigan sent Alexis Pelafas into K-State’s 18-yard area on the left side of the net. Pelafas maneuvered around K-State’s Megan Kalkofen and beat Chassot to the lower left corner of the net in the 87th minute for a 2-0 lead. It was Pelafas’s sixth goal of the season.

At the conclusion of the first month of action, Dibbini is encouraged by what he has seen out of his new team.

“I am seeing a lot of good things throughout the process and we are learning as we go along. The positive of this one is we have been in this situation before when we were down. We did not problem solve out of the last one, but in this game we problem solved out of this one we just couldn’t get the execution for that goal to put us back in the game.”

Kansas State will continue its season-opening eight-match road trip next weekend, as the Wildcats travel to Omaha to face Creighton (Friday, Sept. 2) and Omaha (Sunday, Sept. 4). Both matches will be available on 101.5 KROCK in Manhattan and for free on www.kstatesports.com.